Authorities in Morris County are investigating reports that five churches have been vandalized, and authorities say they’re treating the incidents as possible bias crimes.
The county prosecutor’s office and police in Morristown and Morris Township say church officials notified them on Saturday about vandalism that happened overnight.
The damage to the churches includes a broken stained glass window and damaged exterior signs.
The churches are Church of God in Christ for All Saints; Bethel A.M.E. Church; Calvary Baptist Church; and Union Baptist Church, all in Morristown; and Morristown Church of Christ in Morris Township.
Gov.-elect Phil Murphy tweeted Saturday night that he was “disgusted by reported vandalism of African-American churches.”
“These cowardly acts will not shake our faith. They will renew our determination to come together as one NJ,” Murphy wrote in the tweet.
Disgusted by reported vandalism of African-American churches across Morristown. These cowardly acts will not shake our faith. They will renew our determination to come together as one NJ. -PM
— Phil Murphy (@PhilMurphyNJ) November 26, 2017
SOURCE: NBC 4 New York